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Abulafia by Paweł Huelle

Paweł Huelle often writes about his native city of Gdańsk and the surrounding area of Pomerania, a place with a tangled history and shifting identities. This story, from a collection called Cold Sea Stories, all of which are set in this region, takes us back to the period when the German gentry known as “Junkers” were the principal landowners in Pomerania. But, bullied by a despotic  father, the hero of Abulafia reacts to his own class and family history; he goes to the very edge of existence, in search of something that is ill-defined: the utopian dream of the language of the Garden of Eden, spoken by all

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